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Browns, Garrett starting to soar

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CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett vowed to put the past — and a regrettable incident — behind him. This was going to be a different season for him and the Cleveland Browns. A new beginning. So far, Garrett’s kept his word. He had another dominant performance on Sunday, getting two sacks ...

Eagles grounded in 2nd half by Raiders

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HUBBARD — It was a tale of two halves. When kickoff took place Monday between Northeast-8 Conference rivals South Range and Hubbard, it was a mild, dry 70 degrees, which was perfect fall weather for girls soccer at Hubbard Memorial Stadium. By the time the match ended, a torrential ...

JFK’s Calderone qualifies in golf

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HUBBARD — John F. Kennedy sophomore Samantha Calderone took the fourth and final qualifying spot at Monday’s Division II girls golf sectional at Pine Lakes Golf Club by shooting a 90. Calderone shot a 46 on the front nine and 44 on the back. Meanwhile, the Poland girls golf team ...

Wild card aces

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CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber’s first playoff appearance for Cleveland will come against the team that personifies postseason baseball excellence. All those pinstripes. The roll call of Hall of Famers. The 27 World Series titles. The history. Here come the New York Yankees and all their ...

Balash tells what he’s learned in the COVID-19 era

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BEAVER TOWNSHIP — For the past five decades, Dana Balash has been a trusted member of the local sports media community, reporting nightly results while interspersing features for his viewing audience. Now in his 36th year with WFMJ Broadcasting Group and 29th as the local NBC affiliate’s ...

Steelers finding their groove during 3-0 start

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin calls it “complementary” football, the ability of one unit of the Pittsburgh Steelers to feed off the other. The longtime Steelers coach insists it’s not a one-way street either. The offense can feed the defense just as easily as the defense can feed the ...

Veteran Niles coach not slowed by COVID-19

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It would have been easy for Niles assistant coach Bill Bohren to sit out the 2020 season. After all, Bohren’s age (he is 86) puts him in the high risk category for COVID-19. It’s also worth noting that the Niles football program had to shut down for a week in August due to a positive ...

Finally above .500

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CLEVELAND — For the first time in six years, the Cleveland Browns have a winning record. They want to keep it that way. “We gotta start changing history and our legacies right now,” defensive end Myles Garrett said. Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for two ...

PREP: County CC meets upcoming

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The Trumbull County cross country meet is Tuesday at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. The junior high races are 4:30 p.m. (boys) and 5 p.m. (girls). The varsity races are 5:30 p.m. (boys) and 6 p.m. (girls). Awards will be given to the top two junior teams and top three varsity ...

Indians rally, to host Yankees in playoffs

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are staying home for the first round of the postseason — and the New York Yankees are coming to town. Carlos Santana had four RBIs and delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Indians rallied for an 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh ...

Steelers hold Texans winless

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent two quarters trying to hem in Deshaun Watson. It didn’t take. After watching the Houston quarterback move the Texans up and down Heinz Field with remarkable ease, the Steelers blew up their meticulously put-together game plan and went back to their ...

Runners enjoy unusual night race

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POLAND — Strings of multi-colored lights were strewn down a hill inside Poland Township Park, leading toward the finish line. Lakeview’s Sydney Dobler held a running shoe in front of her. She made sure she waved it over the carpeted mat crossing the finish line. The shoe held an ...

Browns face Washington pass rush

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CLEVELAND — The last time Baker Mayfield faced a talented, quarterback-seeking defensive line anchored by the No. 2 overall draft pick, things didn’t go well. The San Francisco 49ers menaced and mauled Mayfield last season. Today the Browns’ QB faces Washington’s ferocious front (1 ...

Ridge roughed up

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BOARDMAN — It’s not often that a Division I volleyball team goes head-to-head with a Division IV team, but Boardman did just that in a showdown Saturday morning against Mineral Ridge, with the Spartans coming out on top 3-1. “I have to give them credit for their defense,” Boardman ...

Undefeated Steelers face 0-2 Houston

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PITTSBURGH — The pieces to compete for a Super Bowl are all there. The Pittsburgh Steelers are sure of it, just as they have been for most of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s career. It’s the main reason the 38-year-old came back from right elbow surgery this season rather than retire. ...

Falcons edge West Branch in girls soccer

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BELOIT — One shot. That’s all it takes sometimes to win a soccer match. That’s what can be taken away from a game in which the undefeated OSSCA Division II seventh-ranked West Branch Warriors girls soccer team had eight shots on goal, while the Austintown Fitch Falcons had just ...

Indians’ playoff positioning hurt by loss to Pirates

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CLEVELAND — The Indians will have one eye on the field and one eye on the scoreboard on the final day of the regular season. Cleveland suffered a setback in its bid to host a first-round playoff series and had its six-game winning streak snapped with an 8-0 loss to Joe Musgrove and the ...

Fitch blasts Benedictine

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AUSTINTOWN FITCH 42, CLEVELAND BENEDICTINE 14: EUCLID — The Falcons move to 5-0 after a big road win against Benedictine. Devin Sherwood continued his great season with 262 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Bengals. Sherwood finished the game with three passing touchdowns and ...

Fantastic finish

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WARREN — They saved the best for last Friday night at Mollenkopf Stadium. The Warren G. Harding Raiders never led Ursuline in a non-league football contest until Marco Patierno scored ona 4-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds remaining and the hosts held on for a 28-24 victory. “Our kids ...

Warren Harding cancels Friday’s game

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The Warren Harding-Akron St. Vincent football game scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 has been canceled, per Akron St. Vincent's request. Warren Harding is seeking a replacement to play Oct. 2, according to a district spokeswoman.